Ode to Halloween Candy
Your bright packaging draws my eye
Orange, black, silver, and gold
I try to look away but a glint of light
Catches on your cellophane and foil
“Come to me”, you call
“No”, I say. “I need you not”.
“You do need me. You know you do!”
“I shouldn’t”, I say. But even as I say these words,
I look down to find you in my hands.
Feeling much like Alice in her Rabbit Hole
“Eat Me”, is what you seem to say.
Unlike Alice, I know which way I will grow
Bigger and bigger and bigger
“It’s only once a year. Surely, it’s okay…”
The wrapper crinkles in my hand. It tempts my very core.
As I feel the package tear into two, the chocolate grazes…
“Mommy. May I have a piece of candy?”
“Of course, dear. Please take this one”
Aah. Disaster averted. (Until next year).